What to Look for in a Bidet
You might have heard about some of the higher-end brands of bidets such as Toto. However, there are fantastic options, as you can see, for much lower prices. The key is to look for quality and high user ratings in a bidet. You don’t want a leak flooding your bathroom, so keep the following in mind when buying a bidet.
Warm Water Option
Something many people forget to think about until they go to use their bidet is whether it will have hot water hook up. This option will allow you to use warm water, rather than straight cold. If you’re a senior living in a hotter area such as Florida, Texas, or Arizona, this might not be an issue for you. If you’re a senior who resides in one of the colder regions of the country, this is undoubtedly an option to consider, though.
It is usually costlier to have hot water hook up on a bidet. So, you’ll need to decide whether the extra cost is worth it to you. Just bear in mind, during the coldest months of the year, that water can be frigid. Some people find this refreshing or don’t mind a quick spray of cold water, but this is something to consider for your personal preferences.
It’s important to be sure you get a bidet with an adjustable setting for the spray, even if nothing else is an option on it. Beyond that, it’s worth considering whether you’d like a front-spray option, the ability to hold the sprayer for more control as in the Aqua Nexis Stainless Steel Sprayer unit, and if you want the sprayer also to offer air drying. If you love the idea of the air drier, you’ll have to spend a bit more on an electric unit.
Type of Bidet Mount
Most individuals expect bidets to be in toilets so a side-mount unit or even a bidet built into an entire seat will work fine. For those who are especially particular about cleanliness, or seniors with lower immune systems, a sprayer mounted on a wall next to the toilet that can be cleaned with a sanitizer wipe daily might be a better bet.
However, if you’re confident you want a standard style bidet and don’t want it mounted on your wall, the side mounted on your commode or electric, whole-seat option are probably a better fit. Having a bidet that is build into the seat such as the SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet can offer a lot of extras such as heated seats. Keep in mind, if you end up disliking the bidet you will need the entire seat taken off again and replaced. So, hanging onto your original seat in storage might be a good backup plan.
Prices can vary a great deal when it comes to bidets. The electric, built-in seat options will tend to run in the range of a few hundred dollars. Whereas a sprayer type of bidet and even some more standard, mechanical version will often be around $50 or under. Think about how much use it will get.
If you’re likely to use your bidet a few times a day, spending a couple hundred dollars could be well worth the price. However, if you’re probably only going to take advantage of it a couple times a week when you really feel you need it, it’s likely a better idea to save some money.
Bidets can be beneficial to aging individuals in several ways. Electric bidets with remotes can offer those with limited mobility far more ease when using the commode, especially when a drying option is available. Eliminating the need to wipe can make a massive difference in the lives of people with mobility issues or for those who use a wheelchair. Even for seniors who have no trouble getting around, a bidet can provide a more thorough clean, added comfort, and help soothe conditions such as hemorrhoids with gentler spray options. If you’ve never tried one, it’s worth giving a bidet a shot.